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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drakejp

The word "tycker"

I've been learning Swedish 1 basically at my university, and I wanted to use duolingo to sharpen my skills. That being said, "tycker" is being used to mean "like," when really, doesn't it mean "think"? I thought "gillar" meant "like."

If someone could explain why it's being used this way, that'd be great! Thanks. :)

November 18, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cc08_

Jag tycker om dig = Jag gillar dig = I like you

Jag tycker att du är dum i huvudet = I think you're an idiot (lit. I think you're stupid in your head)

English also has verbs that when used with certain extra words, they get a new meaning. Someone already mentioned this in a comment yesterday, eg. "throw" vs "throw up"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

This is correct. I just want to add that the combination "tycker om" = "likes" has a strong stress on the OM, which our current TTS unfortunately isn't good at pronouncing. So please all learners, keep this in mind.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antspants01

Thanks for the explanation. It's reassuring knowing that verbs with almost the same meanings can be interchanged... As a foreigner you always think you're saying the wrong thing. I know this is the case with German, it is a very nuanced language. I may have bias but I don't know how many times I've experienced words where English only uses one word but Germans use several for each different context but not so much the other way around.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

When used with "om", the meaning depends entirely on which of the two words is stressed. It's a tricky verb in that way.

-TYCKER om = have an opinion about.

  • Tycker OM = To like/hold dear.

Used independently, it means just to think as in to have an opinion.

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